Celie Fago posted the results of her year of experiments with combining equal amounts of PMC3 and PMC Sterling clay. Celie’s blog explains this in more detail, but this combination of clays can be fired on an open shelf (no messy carbon!) at 1500 degrees F for 1 hour. This is the most exciting development in metal clays in a long time.
Often I wait for new trends to settle and let others experiment before I try new techniques or materials, but Celie was quite confident about the strength and ease of this combination. I immediately tried it and used the result to make the earrings above. The flower components are the new sterling combination, riveted to a backing of patinaed nickel silver sheet metal.